Stars shine at Caudwell Children boxing event
Stars from the world of television, sport, and music attended the inaugural Float Like A Butterfly Ball white collar boxing event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, last night, to raise vital funds for disabled children.
Model and television presenter Nell McAndrew, and pop legend Tito Jackson, were amongst the list of celebrities that also included, Imogen Thomas, Melinda Messenger and Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid, who play the characters of Jay Brown and Ben Mitchell in Eastenders.
The event was held in aid of Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
Guests cheered on eight amateur boxers as they stepped into the ring to slug it out in four, brutal, bouts, each consisting of three, two minute rounds.
During the evening the audience was treated to stunning musical performances by Alesha Dixon, the multi-talented singer, TV talent show judge, presenter and model; Amelia Lily, the former X Factor star and 2017 Celebrity Big Brother runner up, and The Overtones, Britain’s Number 1 vocal harmony group.
Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said it was a fabulous evening: “It was top class entertainment and we raised over £160,000, which was amazing.
“Steve Collins, refereed each bout whilst the legendary sports presenter Jim Rosenthal, provided the commentary.
“And to have BRIT and MOBO Award nominated artists, who’ve enjoyed platinum record sales, belting out a series of sensational tunes was simply stunning.
“All in all ticket holders enjoyed a fantastic red carpet event with haute cuisine, celebrity guests and world class musical entertainment.”
Amelia Lily, was delighted to have performed at the Float Like A Butterfly Ball. As she explained: “As an insulin dependent diabetic I fully understand the needs of those with a medical condition or a disability.
“So I was extremely happy to be involved in this exclusive event that has raised much needed funds for disabled children across the UK.”
After the event VIP guests were treated to a DJ masterclass from the highly respected producer and musician, Andy Galea at the exclusive after party held in the hotels Red Bar.
Kerrie Davies, Head of Events at Caudwell Children, is now looking forward to next year’s event. As she explained: “We need boxers for the 2018 Float Like A Butterfly Ball which will take place on Friday 30th November, 2018. So if you fancy your chances in the ring get in touch now to avoid disappointment.”
Funds raised through the Float Like A Butterfly Ball will help Caudwell Children to provide hospital and in-home family support, specialist mobility, sports and sensory equipment, fully supported family holidays for children with life-threatening conditions, activity days and life changing treatments and therapies to disabled children across the UK.